Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand, Share Plates
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $30

Enjoy casual fine dining and stunning lake views at the Water Bar in Wanaka.

With a fantastic location and a carefully-curated menu, the Water Bar is a great spot for a laid-back lunch, delicious dinner or an entertaining night of live music. Offering the finest in Kiwi cuisine, grab a group of friends and share platters of crispy chicken wings, vegetarian tacos and tasty jalapeno poppers. Or sit down for a dinner of slow-roasted Cardrona Merino Lamb, sizzling New Zealand steak and freshly-made pizzas, with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options available. There’s even a fun kids menu to keep the little ones happy!

After your meal, why not take a drink into the bar and enjoy a lively evening of entertainment? As well as great food and friendly service, the Water Bar is well-known as a buzzing venue for live music, with a fantastic variety of bands, DJs and fun themed nights.

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Water Bar
145 Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305

Open Hours:
Everyday: 12pm - 2:30am

Phone: +64 3 443 4345
Website: www.waterbarwanaka.co.nz

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Water Bar
Location: Wanaka
Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand, Share Plates
Mains: $15 - $30

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ETHEL YU

Great food,fast service.will definitely go back to dine in case we are at wanaka.

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Lisa Collins

Great food! And great service! Will definitely be back!

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Eddy Tse

I had lunch , one had the steak and myself salmon and other Pizza chicken wing. The food was excellent and serviced in good time the wait staff explained the platter options and helped as decide which platter was best. The pub was busy, but the atmosphere was relaxed. I would highly recommend dining at water bar

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Shannon Thompson

Loved the tacos & salads, would eat here again!

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Nice view and food.

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Kate Mohr

Had a great meal here at the Water bar, pawn salad was tasty. Friendly and helpful service with a great outlook over the lake. I’d definitely be back next time I’m in wanaka.

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Very average food. Service good

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Antonina Kraakman

Great place, amazing food, very nice friendly staff, highly recommend

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Amanda Murray

Excellent food. Great service. Will definitely be back soon

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Deanah Lloyd

We had a pizza and chicken parmigiana, the food was absolutely delicious could not fault it at all.
The guy who waited on us was super friendly and competent.
Location is a great park of wanaka over looking the lake. Would reccomend and return.

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Susan Leaman

Food and service was very good.

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Our lunch was delicious. The blue cod was lovely and fresh and the steak was tasty and the bang bang chicken was yummy. The staff were awesome. Thank you very much. We will be back.

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Loved it, real solid place for a lunch bite!

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Kalvin Duduche

Excellent location, view on the lake.
the menu is huge, quite hard to make a decision.
we had some light bites to start with and that was already a lot! Really furnished plates. The chicken tacos and Jalapeños poppers are amazing!
as mains we took a pizza and the salmon. A bit disappointed by the the salmon dish as it is just a piece of salmon with veges and mash, nothing extraordinary, but good.
pizza was really good. Base is slightly different than usual and lots of toppings!

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Fiona Gurnsey

Great restaurant plenty of upbeat atmosphere

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Mary Cleall

Quick efficient service. Superb views of the lake from the outside deck, covered deck and inside.
The food all looked great. Generous portions. The Blue Cod fish and chips was beautifully fresh. Highly recommend them.

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Marie Burch

We were warmly greeted by Hemi on arrival and his service was great. The restaurant was warm (a cold day outside) and the view, fabulous. The menu is simple fare, but what they do, they do well. Blue cod was perfectly cooked, but without first table would be on the high-side price-wise. Chicken parmigiana was delicious and very generous portions. As with other reviews, the fries are fabulous. I would return here - even without first table, but on a hot day and enjoy a few drinks and food at a table on the deck.

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Steak was good, just what you'd expect from a pub meal, waffles for dessert were disappointing, overcooked and dry. Service was very good.

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Kylie Arnesen

Fabulous service. Prioritized over a large group that walked in at the same time as us.
Delicious food! Deep fried pickles...yum!! Left very full and very satisfied.

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Ruaidhri De Faoite

Great location and excellent staff, perfect place for lunch on the water front.

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Good food great veiw

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Lisa Ramaseder

Fantastic food and service for lunch! For sure some of the best fries we ever had, the steak was on point and the brisket delicious!! We will be back.

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Bailey Busslinger

The food was excellent! The selection on the menu was great and we didn't need to wait long for the food either. The views from the front patio are beautiful, makes for a nice relaxed setting! Would go back 100%

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Edith Liang

The staff and service were very nice.

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Quinton Penniall

First time dining at Water Bar. Overall the experience was very good. The calamari starter was delicious.
Service was brilliant. Food was a little slow in coming out, however, was tasty!

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Chainey-Lee McLaren

We definitely weren't hungry when. We left! Tacos, sliders and burgers are for sure the things to order. Would have been nicer to have all the food arrive together, but couldn't fault it when it arrived

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Leonie Pomana

Great food and service, we had 2kids with us and their meals ended up being free. They also supplied colouring in books and connect 4, kept kids busy. Great afternoon

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Food was very nice, the only frustration was, we waited for nearly an hour for the food to arrive even though the restaurant wasn't that full. Great service, atmosphere was nice. Thanks.

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Adrian Ting

Food was excellent, though it took a bit of waiting time for the food to come, otherwise all good. Service was acceptable, nice environment to dine in.

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A very nice meal. Recommend the Salmon although all the mains that were ordered were to a very high standard. Highly recommend.

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Emma Moo

Nice sitting in the sun outside. They let me change the chips to salad, had the blue cod which was yummy.

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Karen Petty

The steaks and barbecue ribs were outstanding and good sized meal. Service was excellent, very fast friendly service. Well priced food and drinks and a lively fun venue with a range of seating options. Highly recommended.

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Sue Woffindin

Great place with a view to enjoy! Service was quick and food delicious. We did share the bar with the staff from Cardrona and the noise level was extremely loud but this was out of the control of the establishment and just showed what a popular place it is. I would recommend for the view.

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Kelly Jackson

Tasty food and friendly service. Would dine here again.

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Aynsley Graham

Quick friendly service.

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Gaynor Williams

Very good

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Rhonda Korteweg

Thanks it was a perfect place and time for us to eat. Food was hearty and plenty. It was good to eat early with our small children. Thanks first Table.

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Katie Dando

The staff are so friendly! We even got happy hour on drinks and I wasn’t expecting that with first table. Best chips ever...it was fab!

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We went on a Sunday evening, and enjoyed a nice meal.Being 'First Table' it was good value.I do think the venue could be rather noisy if it was busy or if a band or music was playing.They also have gaming machines in a screened of room along side, so that lowers the tone a little. All in all we had a pleasant early evening dinner.

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Our family of four including 2 teenagers enjoyed 4 mains of ribeye steak and pork ribs. Everything was tender and delicious with perfect fries crispy on the outside and light and fluffy inside. Would eat here again.

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Tristan-Laurinda Penrose

Great food as always, thanks!

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Nicole Müller

Good food! Awesome views if sitting outside

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Anne Pavelka

Wonderful and friendly service. Meals were very filling and tasty! Lovely view with a relaxed atmosphere.

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Georgia Wills

Lunch was lovely! My partner and I ordered a few shared plates - Fish tacos, chicken sliders & a mexi three layer dip with corn chips. All were great! Our kids (2 & 4 years old) chose off the kids menu which was a super reasonable $10 including a drink! Staff were extremely helpful and took the time to answer a few questions about the music nights they have. Service was fast, food was great. Thanks again!
*Although we didn't use one I did notice they had a high chair available which is a big win for all parents*!

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Tracey Rea

Great pub style food.Go for salmon if you want a healthy option.

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Preshit Gandre

Amazing food with great view of lake Wanaka. Food and service is really good. This will be our go to place now in Wanaka.

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Maria Elizabeth

Ok experience. Average pub food. Not too great not too bad.

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Jacqui Paul

Great food cooked to perfection. Lovely friendly helpful staff. Recommend the salmon dish.

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Food was very tasty and great value for money.
Waitresses were very attentive and made us feel at home.We'll be back

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Good service and food was really good. We all had ribeye and it was cooked perfect for each of us, tasty and well presented.

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